» 09/15/2008, 00.00
Karnataka: 20 churches attacked, Christians accuse police of inaction
Young Hindu fundamentalists attack an enclosed convent. Police knew in advance that attacks would take place. Hindu radicals pledge more violence in other states of the Union.
Police gag order silences Sisters of Mother Teresa
Nuns are accused of abducting and converting children, but they regain custody after accusations are shown to be false. Sangh Parivar, which accuses them of “child trafficking,” plans a demonstration against the nuns for tomorrow. Insecurity spreads to the state of Karnataka where three Pentecostal churches are shut down despite having all the right papers.
More than 500 cases of anti-Christian violence in 23 months
Members of the Church, believers and places of worship have been victimised. A Christian group has collected the evidence and has slammed the collusion and protection with Hindu nationalists. Now it wants the central government act against the violence which is “worse than terrorist attacks.” The bishop of Vasai calls on believers of every faith to work together for human rights.
The BJP tries to self analyze and distant itself from Hindu extremism
The parties National Executive Committee passes a resolution against theocracy and religious bigotry. They also condemn those who are against the religious minorities and the Dalit. Its leader Advani announces a national tour in view of the forthcoming elections in Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Haryana.
“We pray for peace in Ayodhya,” Card Gracias says, against possible Hindu-Muslims tensions
On 24 September, an Indian court will rule on the destruction of the Ayodhya mosque in Uttar Pradesh and the Hindu-Muslim clashes that followed. The president of the Bishops’ Conference urges the faithful to act as bridge builders for dialogue and tolerance.
Hindu extremists slander the Church but send their children to Church-run schools
False charges of "forced conversions" are levelled at a Catholic priest. For the local bishop, this is a plot by Hindu extremists, backed by the state government that provides the legal instruments. Behind it, there is an attempt by extremists to get free access to high-status Catholic schools.
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